Prattville – The Prattville-Autauga Humane Shelter is holding its annual “lock up the big dog event” at the Prattville Wal-Mart today through Saturday night.
The event is held to raise funds and supplies for the shelter.
This is the second year in a row that JR “Bubba” Culpepper has participated in the “lockup.” Shelter Director, Shirley Moxley, hopes that this year will be as successful as the last one.
“We raised over $3,000 last year,” said Moxley. “We love to have this here because Wal-Mart is so nice to us.”
Prattville police officer Jamie Martin turned the key on the cage that “locked” up Bubba around noon today.
“I’m ready to take him down,” Martin said jokingly.
The booth will be set up until 6:00 PM tomorrow night when Culpepper will be let out (hopefully) on good behavior. Wal-Mart shoppers or contributors can donate funds, items, and/or food.
Judy Atchison of Prattville stopped by to ask what was needed before entering Wal-Mart to shop and she shared her story about why the shelter was so important to her not too long ago.
“I lost my chocolate Lab and we were so upset,” Atchison told Alice Floyd, Vice-President of the Prattville-Autauga Humane Society.
“A lady found him in the middle of the street and took him immediately to the shelter. I couldn’t believe it when they called me. We put posters up everywhere and had even put it on the radio.”
Cindy Berry, also of Prattville, did not have a story to tell about a lost animal, but just wanted to donate today to a good cause.
“I have three dogs, a fish, and birds,” Berry said. “I just wanted to give some money to the shelter.”
The Prattville-Autauga Humane Society is a nonprofit organization dedicated to preventing animal cruelty and providing a temporary home for abandoned and abused animals. A small, dedicated staff that depends heavily on the loving care and hard work of volunteers runs the shelter.
For more information about the shelter, please contact (334) 358-2882 or visit www.autaugahumanesociety.com.
Article by Melissa Parker
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